5:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. PIT
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (8-4, 2.22 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Vokoun (6-1-1, 1.85 GAA, .941 Save %). Rask has a 15-10 record with a 2.42 GAA and .920 Save % in 25 career postseason games. Vokoun has a 9-9 record with a 2.22 GAA and .930 Save % with two shutouts in 18 career postseason games.
BRUINS VS PENGUINS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Penguins have played 19 postseason games with Pittsburgh holding a 10-9 edge along with a 67-62 scoring advantage. The Bruins have a 6-4 lifetime postseason record vs. the Penguins in Boston and a 3-6 record in Pittsburgh. This is the fifth time these teams will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals with the Bruins having won the first two series (1979, 1980) and the Penguins winning the last two (1991, 1992). Pittsburgh went on to win the Stanley Cup after defeating Boston in both 1991 and 1992. The Penguins have won their last eight postseason games versus the Bruins.
KREJCI PACING POSTSEASON SCORING: Forward David Krejci enters tonight’s matchup leading the NHL in postseason points with 17. Krejci’s 12 assists tie him with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for second in the NHL, while his plus-nine rating times him with Milan Lucic for second. Krejci has recorded at least one point in all but three postseason games (Game 6 vs. TOR, Game 2 and Game 7 vs. NYR) thus far this postseason. The Czech Republic native has recorded five multi-point games through the first 12 playoff games, including three three-point games. In the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, Krejci led all postseason scorers in goals (12) and points (23). His 12 goals were the most ever scored by a Czech player in one NHL playoff year.
BRUINS PLAYING PHYSICAL: Three Bruins—Milan Lucic, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara—rank among the NHL’s top 10 in postseason hits. Lucic, ranked fifth, leads the Bruins with 55, while Boychuk ranks seventh with 45 and Chara ranks eighth with 44. Shawn Thornton, Adam McQuaid, and Gregory Campbell all place in the top 30 as well.
JAGR FACES OLD TEAM: Jaromir Jagr played for the Penguins the last two times they met the Bruins in the postseason (1991, 1992), and went on to win Stanley Cups both years. Jagr played in Pittsburgh for 10 years and remains the club’s all-time leader in playoff games played (140) and second in playoff points (147) behind Mario Lemieux.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79. He is also three points short of tying Paul Coffey for 5th place on the all-time playoff points list (196)… Patrice Bergeron and Wade Redden are currently one point shy of their 50th career NHL playoff points.
PENGUINS NOTEBOOK: The Pittsburgh Penguins have accrued a 26-28 all-time record in Game 1s, including a 19-12 mark at home. Pittsburgh is 9-2 all-time at home in Game 1s during the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era…Kris Letang, James Neal, and Sidney Crosby all ranked in the top-four in scoring for Round 2. Letang led the NHL in assists (9) and points (10), and Neal led the league in goals (5)…The Penguins have six skaters—Malkin, Letang, Crosby, Iginla, Dupuis, Neal—ranked among the top 15 playoff scorers…Goaltender Tomas Vokoun enters tonight’s game with a 6-1 playoff record since taking over as the Penguins starter. His .941 save percentage ranks second among postseason netminders, and his 1.85 GAA places him third.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 7-for-32 (21.9%, 5th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 30-for-37 (81.8%, 8th NHL)… Penguins power play: 13-for-46 (28.3%, 1st NHL), Penguins penalty kill: 35-for-39 (89.7%, 3rd NHL).
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